Strada Hawai‘i Government Employee
STEM Workforce Fund


​To provide just-in-time training opportunities for Hawai‘i city, state, and federal agencies to improve or upgrade the skills of their workforce in science, technology, engineering, and/or math (STEM).


The fund will provide tuition assistance of up to 50% of the first $800 of a STEM course, not to exceed $400 per course. If the cost of the STEM course is less than $800, the fund will provide up to 50% assistance; e.g., if the cost of the course is $500, the fund will provide $250 assistance. Depending upon availability of funds, agencies may request more than one course per employee.

To Qualify

  • Employers must be a city, state, federal agency, non-profit, or a government contractor in Hawai‘i. 
    Note: If the employer qualifies for the State of Hawai'i Workforce Development Division Employment & Training Fund, they do NOT qualify for the Strada STEM Workforce Fund.
  • Employers must utilize an existing STEM course or may customize a STEM course at the University of Hawai‘i (UH) Pacific Center for Advanced Technology and Training (PCATT). PCATT is a consortium of the UH Community Colleges. Participating PCATT training providers include the continuing education offices at the Community Colleges of Hawai‘i, Honolulu, Kapi‘olani, Kaua‘i, Leeward, and Windward; and UH Maui College.
  • The trainee must be a current full time employee of a Hawai‘i city, state, federal agency, or government contractor; a Hawai‘i resident; and be employed when the training ends. The trainee must not be a temporary or casual hire.
  • The training must be completed by September 29, 2017.

How to apply

  • Complete the Application Form
  • Submit the completed form to the community college continuing education office from which the course is offered at least 10 business days prior to the start of class.
  • When you receive approval, pay the remaining portion of the tuition owed to the college continuing education office. Registration is not complete until payment is made.
  • A confirmation will be sent to the participant(s).
  • Your department is responsible for full payment if your employee does not attend or does not complete the course once the training has started.
Call our office at 455-0477 for any questions or assistance.